Posts tagged: "quilt tips"

  1. T-shirt quilt patterns for beginners: how to stabilize a T-shirt for sewing (tutorial)

    Posted by on January 16, 2017

    There’s a reason why T-shirt quilts are an all-time favorite—they’re simple, they’re personal, and they’re filled with memories. T-shirt quilts are a wonderful way to say congratulations, thanks, and I love you to graduates, sports fanatics, music lovers, and more. One question most quilters have—since we work primarily with woven fabric—is how to cut and […]


  2. Need to make a quilt sandwich in a hurry? Spray basting to the rescue (how-to)

    Posted by on November 9, 2016

    As the holidays draw near, do visions of quilty gifts dance in your head? Do you wonder how many gifts you can start and finish before Christmas? Do you assume you’ll be burning the midnight oil—along with Santa and his reindeer—come Christmas Eve? Often it’s not block-making or row-sewing that halts our gift-making progress: it’s […]


  3. Seams: to glue or not to glue? Watch this video first

    Posted by on October 28, 2016

    While it’s fun to have long-term quilting projects to work on—challenging quilts that might take months or even years to finish—I frequently find myself on a much tighter deadline. Maybe there’s a new baby on the way or a friend in need of comfort, and time really is of the essence. Theresa Ward’s book Sew, […]


  4. How to sew bump-free block seams (video tip) 🎥

    Posted by on October 7, 2016

    We’ve all done it: you’re happily whirring along at the sewing machine when you feel a little bump under the needle. Oops. One of your seams just got sewn in the wrong direction. Rats! In the video below, Martingale acquisitions editor Beth Bradley shows a quick fix for avoiding those accidental bumps. And if you […]


  5. 4 tips for getting an authentic look in your Civil War quilts (+ sale!)

    Posted by on October 3, 2016

    It’s no secret that Civil War–style quilts are mega popular—and we bet we can tell how much you love them by the colors in your stash. If your stash resembles a spread like this: We’ve got some fun tips for you today! Some of our most popular books about reproduction quilts are on sale—this week […]


  6. Sew half-square triangles 4 and 8 times faster than you are now

    Posted by on September 26, 2016

    The humble yet mighty half-square triangle (or as I’ll fondly refer to it here: HST) is an essential element in scores of classic quilt blocks. And when you’re making a quilt that’s chock-full of HSTs, every little trick that streamlines the process can add up to quite a bit of time saved. If you find […]


  7. The hourglass quilt block: a trimming trick (because they can be tricky!)

    Posted by on August 26, 2016

    Stop the presses! We just had to share this quick tip with you. It answers a question many of us quilty staffers at Martingale have asked ourselves before—maybe you’ve asked it too. The question usually arises after removing a bit of patchwork from your sewing machine: “How come I lost my points?” Raise your seam […]


  8. How to decorate with quilts: designer do’s

    Posted by on August 15, 2016

    You can decorate with a lamp. A painting. A wreath. Assorted knick-knacks. But bring a quilt into the room and you can actually feel the space become softer. Cozier. A quilt invites you to relax, unwind, and stay a spell. How do quilts do that? We say it’s simply their superpower. Whether you’re making your […]


  9. Want bump-free quilt blocks? Try Jo Morton’s clippy trick (video)

    Posted by on July 15, 2016

    Little quilts are so appealing because they’re fun to make and easy to finish. That’s precisely the reason Jo Morton, author of the super-popular book Jo’s Little Favorites, loves designing on a smaller scale. Being the quilt genius that she is, Jo’s come up with a wealth of tips and techniques for successfully piecing diminutive […]


  10. Paper-piecing palooza! Pictorial blocks, precise results (+ sale)

    Posted by on June 27, 2016

    Most of the quilters I know fall into two categories when it comes to paper-foundation piecing. They either love it or they don’t. And if they don’t love paper piecing, they’re convinced they never will. Personally, I’ll paper piece whenever it’s going to give me the results I’m looking for. The great thing about foundation […]